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The rough guide might be the top of the line from each manaufacturer (be it Campy, Shimano, DT, Chris King, etc, etc), but even that's not much to work by. A top line hub might have compromises in design or materials to save weight.
I've got a Shimano 105 front hub at least 15 years old (and I got it second hand on a steel Shogun Ninja - that long ago), which just goes and goes and goes - the back might have lasted as long too if a LBS hadn't reassembled it with too few ball bearings in about 1996 . My Campy Chorus hubs are much prettier and perhaps have better workmanship in them but I don't think they necessarily roll any better.
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janus77 wrote:I guess the best balance of light weight, durability and smoothness..?
Or what are the lightest weight, what are the most durable, and which are the smoothest.
Probably smoothest is what I really mean.
In the Shimano range, you appear to be describing Ultegra.
While there are heaps to choose from, up from that would be White Industries.
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But you can't get them without a wheel unless you want to glue your own spokes and rim on .
Unibet riders not only raced on them but had to train on them only as part of their contract...not sure what they would have done if they where aloud to ride Roubaix thou
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challs wrote:Phil wood have quite a following among the fixed gear crowd - they look pretty nice and are supposed to be really great hubs.
They also make good hubs for touring and have a good reputation for reliability.
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Chris king are bomb proof but noisy - sound like angry bee! mine have been on the tandem for nearly 11 years (20,00kms approx) and are still as good as new.
Phil wood are smooth and last forever but heavy.
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For legend status, though, give me a set of Maxi-Car hubs. French hubs from the thirties to the fifties. They were the first hubs to offer "sealed" bearings all those years ago. I've heard stories of people riding several hundred thousand k's on one set of hubs. Try doing that today (if you live long enough!)
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